What I was pleasantly surprised by was the influx of new characters. I suppose it has to be done to keep things fresh; nonetheless, some interesting characters make their debut. Fiona surrounds herself with Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White (reminded me of the Fox Force Five from Pulp Fiction). Prince Charming amasses a group of ne'er do wells of which Captain Hook, Rumplestiltkin, the Wicked Witch, and even Geppetto (among many others) are a part.
In closing, it seems almost ridiculous that I’ve reviewed Shrek the Third. This movie is a beast and it doesn’t matter if it receives so-so or poor reviews; everyone and their mother will flock to the theaters to see it. And so long as my Apple Jacks box has a big Shrek head on it, this film will make money – gobs and gobs of it. Its only question mark is, will it be able to sustain the momentum when Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End comes out later this week?